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Gondvanaz

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Bulgarian, Turkish
swanked up

What does it mean?

- Am I swine, Harry, that in an otherwise empty joint the owner must make a show of relocating further away from me?
- Maybe it's you being present keeps away the broader clientele.
- And maybe, Tom, it's the chill in here is what does it, when every edifice else in camp's been swanked up and seen to.

(Source: Deadwood S03, E06)
 
  • owlman5

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    English-US
    It means, roughly, "decorated". "Swanked-up" implies that the decoration was done with the specific intention of impressing somebody, perhaps somebody who has never seen any of the "edifices" in camp before.
     
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